A common problem some of my clients have is a large tree in the back yard that has become more of a nuisance than a beauty spot. And the biggest problem with such trees tends to be how much sunlight they block. The simple solution? Trim them back, or cut them down altogether. However, such a task isn’t easy, and will often be more than a one man job if you’re working with older style tools such as hand saws to cut branches. However, there are ways to make things a lot less complex, and that involves getting a power tool that performs most of the back breaking work for you.
There are numerous tools that can be used to achieve this, such as chainsaws, but my go to option has always been a pole saw. They are a fair bit safer, and cancels the needs for using a step ladder, or climbing to reach the highest branches. This is due to the long poles they come with that in most cases extend so users feet never have to leave the safety of the ground.
However, a lot of stress can be placed on joints with such a tool, so you will need to be in reasonably good shape, with a good amount of arm strength and endurance to continuously trim for minutes at a time. You have heavier pole saws like gas powered variants, and then the much lighter pruners that are both cordless and electric. Both have numerous ways in which they benefit the user, however, we always say gas powered are for the heavy duty tasks that require a bit more power.
Have a read of this pole saw buying guide. This is a fantastic resource that will ensure readers are well versed in what to expect from individual pole pruners, with numerous reviews, information surround their specs, and price. Hopefully, this will go a long way in saving you money, whilst helping you get your hands on a solid product that handles very well.
I have found that they work a dream for trimming back medium sized bushes and hedges too. So even if you’re looking for a versatile pruning tool, this will still perform the majority of generic garden tasks and hopefully bring that sunlight pouring through the house windows once more. A very sensible option for yard maintenance, that is simple to operate, but sometimes overlooked in favor of other tools. Definitely worth the investment in my books.